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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.) 

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA sections, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

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Management of Acute Low Back Pain in Adults

March 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain

Clinical Recommendations to Guide Physical Therapy Practice for Huntington Disease

February 4, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Huntington Disease

The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2020 (Vers. 2.61)

February 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee

February 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Osteoarthritis

Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2020 Update)

January 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64)

Physical Therapist Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Individuals With Heart Failure

January 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Heart Failure

Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Locomotor Function Following Chronic Stroke, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury

January 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Stroke

Palliative Care for Adults, Sixth Edition

January 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)

OARSI Guidelines for the Non-surgical Management of Knee, Hip, and Polyarticular Osteoarthritis

October 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions, Osteoarthritis

Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

October 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease

September 9, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Parkinson Disease

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputatio...

September 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Amputation